Assistant Professor | Department of Anthropology
University of California, Irvine
I am an interdisciplinary scholar with research interests in cities, markets, and expertise. My work brings together anthropological engagements with value alongside geographical theories on the production of space as the cutting edge of accumulation.
My current book manuscript, Phnom Penh, City of Speculation, is an ethnographic examination of speculative practices of real estate in Cambodia’s capital, the role of Asian investment in radically reshaping the city’s landscape, and the regulatory regimes that enable speculation and investment.
I joined the Department of Anthropology in 2014. Before coming to UC Irvine, I was a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. My Ph.D. is in City and Regional Planning with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. I hold a Master of City Planning and a B.A. in Comparative Literature also from the University of California, Berkeley.